PITTSBURGH -- Upon his return to the active list on Tuesday, Andrew McCutchen acknowledged the likelihood that getting drilled in the back by Randall Delgado's pitch contributed to the avulsion rib fracture that sent him to the DL for the first time in his career.
Arizona's Delgado struck McCutchen on the spine on Aug. 2 in perceived retaliation for an Ernesto Frieri pitch that fractured D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt's hand. In the eighth inning the next day, McCutchen pulled up in pain after hitting a sacrifice fly.
"I've taken that swing a million times," McCutchen said Tuesday. "[It's] not like I over swung -- a simple swing, sac fly -- and next thing you know, that happened.
"I'm not saying [getting hit by the pitch] was the main reason, but maybe it had something to do with it. The body is pretty amazing -- get hurt, it compensates for it."
McCutchen had been asked to comment on the fact that, even though Delgado was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa, no suspensions resulted from the incident.
"I can't control what they do, the decisions they make," McCutchen said. "I just hope they were able to see what took place there. It just means there will be more times when that happens. And a chance someone else can get hurt, get the same injury I got, because there was nothing handled.
"It wouldn't surprise me if, God forbid, something like that happens again. It's upsetting [the lack of suspensions], but it's their choice. I'm just the one who happened to get hurt."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.